Dakota “Cody” Tyler, aka Dennis Wayne Chubin, age 47, of West Chicago, passed away at home in his sleep on April 11, 2021. He was born April 12, 1973 in Schaumburg, IL to his loving parents, Edward and Bonnie Chubin (née Snider).

Cody started out working at a young age. He enjoyed working at the Hoffman Estates Bowling Lanes and other various clerk positions, but his real passion was real estate. His Aunt Betty was his mentor and one of his first investors; with her help, he was able to purchase his first home at the age of 19. He also partnered with his father, Edward, in All Trades Construction, where he learned how to work on government contracts and commercial and residential units.

Cody used his first property to “buy up” and continued to do so. Using his experiences to learn and grow, he became the Founder and President of West Star Homes, LLC, an established company that has rehabbed over 200 buildings and currently holds eight properties that are a blend of single-family and multi-unit buildings.

Cody displayed a fearless attitude and achieved success in everything he attempted. He and his life-partner of over 14 years, Paul Schmolke, were active in the restoration of many Victorian homes in Elgin, IL. He was wonderful support to Paul in Paul’s win for the City of Elgin Mayor’s Award in 2011 for preservation and restoration of one of Elgin’s finest Victorian homes.

Cody was a supporter and sponsor of several non-profits, including NHS of Fox Valley and Neighborworks Days, as well as many other community projects. He fully supported first time homeownership and collaborated Realtors with The Kane County Down Payment Assistant Program to help establish homeownership in Elgin’s at-risk areas. This allowed Cody to help numerous families become first time homeowners, as well as helping many investors get their start.

Cody became a well-known leader in the community. He was featured in many newspaper articles, plus the National Register’s “Who’s Who” in Executives and Professional, 2004 Edition, one of his most treasured professional achievements. Most recently, Cody was instrumental in the formation of a collaboration with a local parent support group to help distress parents get back on their feet and into safe housing.

Cody was an avid New Orleans Saints Fan. Drew Brees was his favorite quarterback, and Donald Trump was his favorite President. Cody enjoyed being out on his jet skis, loved camping, trips to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, bowling, hosting legendary parties, spending time with his family and friends (friends who have become family). He also loved great adventures with friends, enjoying beautiful road trips in his RV, and camping with his family.

Kindness means different things to different people. The meaning is in how you choose to show it. Cody showed kindness through empathy, forgiveness, acceptance, kind gestures, and thoughtfulness. People should remember how much he loved his parents and family. He was beyond devoted to his father, providing care for Edward until Edward’s final day. Cody loved being an uncle, the joy he had spoiling his nieces, camping and spending the holidays with them. Any free time he could get, he would make the journey to see them. He also loved spending time with his cousins, traveling near and far to see them. And Cody was dedicated to his life partner, Paul; no one could say differently. Paul was Cody’s rock, his voice of reason.

Cody was loved by so many people; his smile, sense of humor, his laughter was heartfelt. His love for life will be greatly missed!

Cody was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his life partner, Paul Schmolke; siblings, Cary (Barbara) Chubin, Wayne (Mare) Chubin, and Crissy (Neil) Uher; and nieces, Barry, Alyssa, Madison, and Leah.

A memorial will be held from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park Street, Elgin, IL 60120.

Mourners are encouraged to review the funeral home COVID-19 public health policies ahead of time. Face masks are required to enter the facility.

To access the visitation remotely, loved ones are encouraged to log on safe from home via Zoom.us (Meeting ID: 966 1341 8206, Password: 666708).

Interment will be private.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit www.symondsmadison.com.

9 Replies to “Dakota “Cody” Tyler”

  1. Cody was as big a reason for my love of New Orleans as the city itself. Every one of my friends that were fortunate enough to meet him when we came to the Big Easy for Mardi-Gras and other festivals remember his almost unstoppable nature when in that city and his love for everyone he met. Whenever we talk about New Orleans, The Saints, the French Quarter their next statement is about him and what they remember. Every time I visit our favorite city he is in my thoughts. He was one of a kind. He will be missed. To his family, to his beloved Paul and to his friends, know that I feel your grief and the immeasurable loss. Till we meet again my friend; Laissez les bons temps rouler !

    1. And I forgot… GEAUX SAINTS!! RIP mon ami!

  2. I will forever remember Cody .I recall the first time I met him was through my late wife Tina , it was at a Halloween party .Cody was the kind of person that you felt like you had known for years from the first time you met him . He was so friendly and caring .R.I.P Cody till we meet again .

  3. Cody will surely be missed by me, my girls and my granddaughter. We considered him family and he felt the same about us. He had a big heart, always lending an ear, helping someone and going out of his way to make thing better for others. He was generous, witty, smart and yes, loved life. His corny sense of humor and magnetism would forever keep people laughing, and wanting to be around him. He had more friends than most and was loved by all. Our hearts go out to the family, and prayers are with you. Cody is surely one person that will never be forgotten. RIP ‘White Chocolate’…

  4. My prayers are with the family and loves ones of Cody! I have many memories of times spent back in the 90’s. May you rest in peace.

  5. I will always remember the good times when i met cody, he is an amazing guy who always was a busy hard working guy. He always liked to joke around with people

  6. Cody was amazing. Kind and generous his heart was always in big. I love you brother i will see you again.

  7. I remember meeting Cody for the first time I was 16 yrs old, he bought my parents Victorian home in Elgin back in the early 2000’s then re met him years later as he was running in the same friend circles!! He is the nicest guy I have ever met, he would give you the most upfront truth his honesty was what I admired about him! It saddens me that he has moved on! But he will always have a place in the hearts of many!

  8. I’m so sorry I just found this out! I love you both so much and this saddens me too. Cody will live on within you! Stay strong! My prayers and best wishes to you both.

    Tony Roy

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